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Nora Springs police officer arrested on child endangerment charge

Nora Springs police officer arrested on child endangerment charge

NORA SPRINGS – Floyd County authorities have confirmed the arrest of a Nora Springs police officer today. Nora Springs police officer Jim Gray was arrested earlier Friday in Nora Springs…

Murray beats Federer in Australian semis

MELBOURNE, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Andy Murray earned his third Australian Open finals berth with a five-set win Friday over world No. 2 Roger Federer. Murray, the third-ranked player in…

Report: J.J. Abrams to direct ‘Star Wars’

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Hollywood director-producer J.J. Abrams has signed on to helm the seventh “Star Wars” film for Disney, TheWrap reported. Abrams is the mastermind behind TV’s…

Abortion rights protesters pack Washington

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Tens of thousands of people crowded Washington to protest the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Despite frigid weather…

U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis

From the U.S. State Department: Today in Ankara, Turkey, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, & Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced that the United States…

Floyd County Community Foundation Awards Grants

CHARLES CITY – In a ceremony on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the Charles City Public Library in Charles City, Iowa, the Floyd County Community Foundation awarded grants to 31…

North Korea vows rocket, nuclear strike on U.S.; says “settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force”

North Korea vows rocket, nuclear strike on U.S.;  says “settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force”

From the North Korean news agency KCNA: Pyongyang, January 24 (KCNA) — The National Defence Commission (NDC) of the DPRK in a statement Thursday solemnly declared its stand as follows…

Grassley on the SEC Chairman Nomination

Grassley on the SEC Chairman Nomination

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on Thursday made the following comment on the President’s plan to nominate Mary Jo White as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.…

Woman who used clothes dryer to punish child may get probation revoked after second violent crime

Woman who used clothes dryer to punish child may get probation revoked after second violent crime

MASON CITY – A woman now living in Marble Rock who while previously living in Mason City had punished her child by leaving it in a running clothes dryer –…

Waldorf College hires Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Forest City, Iowa –Waldorf College has hired Bob Mattson of Oglesby, Ill. as the director of institutional research and assessment. “We’ve collected a lot of information about demographics, retention, and…

Officials say al-Qaida behind attack

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) — U.S. officials said they believe al-Qaida operatives were responsible for the attack and hostage-taking at a natural gas plant in Algeria last week. Officials said…

McDonough to be appointed Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Denis McDonough, President Barack Obama’s aide and deputy national security adviser, will be appointed as the White House Chief of Staff, officials said Friday. Obama…

Bills and amendments filed at the Iowa Legislature, January 24th, 2013

Bills and amendments filed at the Iowa Legislature, January 24th, 2013

Bills Filed Files Title Sponsor SF 53 A bill for an act relating to school district funding from the taxpayers trust fund by making transfers to the property tax equity…

Upmeyer: “Our budgets are balanced and we are properly funding the priorities of Iowans”

Upmeyer: “Our budgets are balanced and we are properly funding the priorities of Iowans”

MASON CITY – The Legislature was in full swing during its second week of the 2013 session. Although we had a short week in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.…

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff reports vehicle fell through ice on Clear Lake

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff reports vehicle fell through ice on Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office has reported Friday morning that a vehicle had gone through the ice on Clear Lake Thursday. According to a report, on…

Wrestling: Iowa State heads east to take on West Virginia

Wrestling: Iowa State heads east to take on West Virginia

Ames, Iowa – The Iowa State wrestling team heads east to Morgantown, W. Va. to face West Virginia for the first time ever in Big 12 competition on the mat.…

UNI Heads to Hoosier State for Pair of Matchups

UNI Heads to Hoosier State for Pair of Matchups

CEDAR FALLS – The UNI Panthers men’s basketball team (11-9 overall, 4-4 MVC) will take a two-game road swing to Indiana State on Saturday and Evansville on Tuesday. UNI and…

Steven Seagal becomes N.M. deputy sheriff

EL PASO, Texas, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Actor and martial arts specialist Steven Seagal has been sworn in as a New Mexico sheriff’s deputy, officials said. The El Paso (Texas)…

Abandoned dog hopes for recovery and a second chance at life

Abandoned dog hopes for recovery and a second chance at life

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa recently received a phone call from a distressed landlord in Forest City.  An evicted tenant had moved out leaving behind eight…

Manufacturing index shows gains

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) — An index of U.S. manufacturing activity showed a strong improvement in January, a research firm said Thursday. Markit Economics said the manufacturing sector’s Purchasing…

FDA approves colon cancer drug combo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it approved a new use of Avastin in combination with oxaliplatin chemotherapy for those colorectal cancer. Dr. Hal…

New norovirus strain causing U.S. outbreak

ATLANTA, Jan. 24 (UPI) — A new strain of norovirus first detected in Australia last March is causing outbreaks in the United States and other countries, officials say. Researchers at…

Afghan Local Police: How coordination and determination lead to success

Afghan Local Police: How coordination and determination lead to success

GHAZNI PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN – Leading to the small village of Shagowlay, laid out along a plain between snowy mountains, winds a road that was untraveled until recently. The road is…

Alleged drunk driver causes 15 wrecks; kills one

SNELLVILLE, Ga., Jan. 24 (UPI) — A 70-year-old Georgia man has been accused of causing at least 15 wrecks, killing one person and critically injuring another while driving drunk, police…

Jobless claims drop by 5,000

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims dropped by 5,000 in the week that ended Saturday. Initial claims for unemployment benefits reached pre-recession…

Iowa Taxpayers Increase Donations to Wildlife in 2012

DES MOINES – More than 8,000 Iowa taxpayers helped wildlife conservation last year by making a donation to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their tax form, marking the second…

U.S. leading indicators head higher

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The U.S. index of leading economic indicators rose 0.5 percent in December, a relatively sharp jump for the index, the Conference Board said Thursday.…

Older women set pace in labor force gains

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The Census Bureau said Thursday women 65 years old or older made up the fastest growing segment of the U.S. workforce. From 1990 to 2010,…

No charges in Longhorns rape investigation

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against two University of Texas football players in a sexual assault investigation. Bexar County first assistant…

Cyclones Fall At Texas Tech

Cyclones Fall At Texas Tech

Courtesy: cyclones.com – LUBBOCK, Texas – The Iowa State men’s basketball team (13-5 overall, 3-2 Big 12) fell to Texas Tech (9-8 overall, 2-4 Big 12) by a score of…

Conviction tossed for man jailed 22 years

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) — A New York man who had been in prison for 22 years has been freed after a judge overturned his murder conviction, saying the…

Mortgage rates inch higher

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose in the week that ended Thursday, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said. Rates are not far from historic lows.…

Packers’ Benson charged in traffic, animal cases

MANITOWOC, Wis., Jan. 24 (UPI) — Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson has been charged with traffic violations and a claim his dogs injured calves on a neighbor’s Wisconsin…

Te’o says he wasn’t involved in hoax

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o told U.S. interviewer Katie Couric he didn’t create the hoax involving a phony online girlfriend who supposedly died of…

FBI agent denies paying for prostitutes

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) — An FBI agent says he did not use public money to purchase sexual services for suspected arms traffickers while working undercover in the Philippines.…